How do you exercise your mind?

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Registered: 04-07-2008
How do you exercise your mind?
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Mon, 04-18-2011 - 9:45am

I've been reading a lot about exercising your mind as you get older. How does one exercise her mind? What are you doing about it?

Karla
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Registered: 04-03-2003
Mon, 04-18-2011 - 12:16pm
Reading, puzzles & word games, even video games.... anything that keeps the mind active is a good thing.
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Registered: 11-16-2001
Mon, 04-18-2011 - 1:28pm
Reading, word puzzles, helping my nephew with his school work. Starting something new or learning something new. I'm using my other languages more actively, too.
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Registered: 09-02-2003
Mon, 04-18-2011 - 6:02pm
I love word puzzles - or logic puzzles, or strategy games on my iPhone.

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 04-19-2011 - 8:34am
Do you think it really works? Have you ever stopped playing and reading for any extended time? Can you notice a difference?

Karla
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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 8:35am
Wow-the language think would definitely be a brain exercise for me. Do you feel different after a successful day of speaking in other languages?

Karla
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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 8:41am
Logic-now that is something that is definitely a mind exercise!

Karla
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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 3:13pm
I do a lot of research online, I read voraciously and I play hidden object games from Bigfish Games and some word games on Facebook.

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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 4:41pm
I've never stopped for an extended period of time, but I've seen the results in my grandparents... They used to be very, very active... bowling, clubs, etc. Once Grandpa retired, they stopped doing all of the things they used to enjoy. Since then, Grandma has developed a severe case of dementia/alzheimers and Grandpa's health has declined significantly as well. They now have one of their adult sons living with, and caring for, them.
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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 8:31am
Awww, that is sad Amy. My mother will be 75 this year and we suspect she could be dealing with some dementia. We now have her in the gym several times a week and she's in the Silver Sneakers program. We are trying to keep her active and do hope that it helps.

Karla
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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 9:12am

(((((Amy)))))

It's one of the reasons why my mother insisted that my father work for as long as possible. And he did, up to a year and a half before he passed away. The only reason he did resign from his job was that his physical health had deteriorated very quickly in the last 4 years of his life, and he wasn't able to go to the office anymore.

But my mother is still working at 73. She wants to hand over everything very soon, but I think two years is a good timeline for the two of us. I can take my time and develop my other business projects, and my mom will still need to go to the office.

Sadly, though, my friend L's father has Alzheimer's despite staying active all of his life. He and his wife are both in their 80s. She suffered from a stroke about 10 years ago, and whilst she's a lot frailer now her cognitive abilities and memories are intact. her husband is in very good physical health, but the dementia is just getting worse :-(

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